Entries by Stephen Weir from 06/2012

To The Media, The Caribana Festival Is Code For "Black Crime"

| Posted 06.14.2012 | Canada

On Saturday the Globe and Mail ran a feature on public safety at Yonge and Dundas and somehow managed to use the Caribana name. A 2005 murder of a Brampton man in Dundas Square was included in a list of the murders that had occurred near the intersection. He was shot dead in front of police the day after the 2005 Caribana Parade had ended but it was referenced as occurring during Caribana. The Globe isn't the only media outlet to make the tenuous link between an inner-city gang shooting at the Eaton Centre and North America's largest Caribbean cultural event.

My, Is That Group of Seven You're Wearing?

| Posted 06.15.2012 | Canada Style

Back in the early 70s, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute was Canada's incubator for the practical arts: journalism, radio, television, layout, design, fashion, theatre and photography. I can't remember anything I wrote, but I do remember the photographs. They were outstanding -- cutting edge. None more so than those that came from the camera of Yuri Dojc.

Being Ousted from the Best Seat at the Griffin Poetry Prize

| Posted 06.18.2012 | Canada

The prize is the largest annual award for a single book of poetry in the world is the Griffin Poetry Award. I attended the awards ceremony, and while I would like to say I made a great impression at Conrad Black's table; turns out I just filched two seats from his friends.